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From Julia Kent: can you help with any information about Walter Hopking at RAF Marham in 1957?
I don’t know if anyone can help me but my grandfather worked at RAF Marham, Norfolk up to his death, also at RAF Marham, on 2nd January 1957. His name was Clement Walter Hopking and he was a Foreman on the Maintenance.
I understand from an Aunt that there was newsreel footage of my grandfather, taken the day before he passed away at work on 1st January 1957. It was during the Cold War and the footage was taken between 7am and 9am and it was of the Tornado Jets taking off. Clement is seen with his trilby hat, walking with his hands in his pockets, down the airfield looking for debris that could affect the planes taking off.
Any information on the above would be wonderful as he passed away a decade before I was born, and it would make my aunt a very happy lady indeed.